The Powerful Healing Effects of Color

I guess it all started when ‘color therapy’ started to come to my head almost every day. Then I also started to follow someone on YouTube whose work is partly related to the use of colors as a healing method. Next, I bumped into someone in my department who was wearing a beautiful and colorful headband. It was yellow, orange, pink, and a little bit of blue and green here, and there. It definitely caught my eye and, more importantly, it made me smile! While I was telling my colleague how beautiful her headband was, my mind also whirled around with thoughts.

Color can have a positive influence on our and other people’s moods. This knowledge has been used in Marketing to elicit a specific action from you.

Isn’t that interesting, the power of colors? I should explore that more. It’s such a beautiful way to positively influence other people’s moods. That’s when I started doing more serious research into it. There are many books and articles on the psychology of colors. This knowledge has been used in Marketing to elicit a specific action from you and each color has specific properties.

Here is some information I discovered about primary colors: yellow, red, and blue. Yellow helps with memory, encourages communication, boosts confidence, and stimulates the nervous system. It is associated with happiness, energy, and optimism. Red elevates blood pressure, stimulates libido, boosts metabolism, and increases your level of enthusiasm, energy, and confidence. Blue helps you relax and deal with stressful situations, boosts open-heart communication, and enhances your intelligence and intuition.

I then moved on to studying other colors and different tones and shades of color, until I decided to apply this knowledge to myself. Based on my research I realized I had been unconsciously picking clothes whose colors clearly mirrored and reinforced my low mood. For instance, some of the colors I was wearing every day included black, dark grey, and dark olive green, which are associated with less positive feelings and sensations such as depression and fogginess. Empowered by this information, I thought I should find a way to reverse it by changing the colors I was choosing to put on myself.

Buying new clothes at this point in time, however, was out of the question. Instead, I decided to recycle some t-shirts, transform them into fashionable scarfs, and color them based on what I had studied about colors and their therapeutic effect. I first created a scarf in blue tones, because I needed to relax and reduce my anxiety levels. Then I decided to create another scarf to induce some calmness allied with some playfulness as well. It’s fun to make experiences with color!

Concluding Thoughts

Using color as a healing method might not be the first option we think of but it’s a powerful one. Since I began this journey of learning more about color and its impact on psychology, I’ve been using and mixing different colors when selecting pieces of clothing and accessories. Today, even my eyeglasses frames are picked with the impact of color in mind. I may not see them but I know people always find my eyeglasses fun.

Become a Well-being Ambassador

The role of a Well-being Ambassador is to influence one’s own well-being and raise awareness of the importance of an overall culture of well-being that gives people permission to be and care for themselves.

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35 Comments

  1. Carolyn Page says:

    This is a wonderful post, Vanessa. I agree with you completely.
    And wow; your scarves are truly gorgeous! πŸ™‚
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you Carolyn, glad it resonated 😊✨ More colours will come to bright up the days 🌈😘

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  2. Nice post, great seeing people having fun with colours as well as benefiting overall health😊

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  3. Accidental Blogger says:

    Wow ! I never knew about power of colours πŸ€”
    And that is really beautiful scarf πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you 😊😊 Yeah, try out to change your mood through colours and let me know how it goes 😊

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  4. FoodTrails says:

    Nice post!! In Hindu religion color play and important part.. the colors you wear, the colors you eat thru food and the colors of our festivals.. every color effects our body and plays an important part in our well-being!

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    1. That’s super interesting! I didn’t know it was such a highlight – I would love to know more! Thank you for sharing πŸ˜ƒβ™₯️

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      1. FoodTrails says:

        Sure .. will soon come up with a post on significance of colors and food on our mind and body!!

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      2. Awesome! I’m looking forward to read it! I tried to visit your link but it says ‘no longer available’. Could you leave us your link? Would love to pop by. Wishing you a great Sunday! πŸ™‚ 🌺🌺

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  5. Michelle says:

    This is very interesting! I didn’t realize how colors affect you in so many different ways. Your scarf is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I was not aware of how it impacts us until I realised all my closet was a reflection of my mood. ❀

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  6. Erica says:

    Love this! But I wear a lot of black & dark colors myself, whoops! But it’s very stereotypical of the region I live in the U.S. New Yorkers are kinda known for their all-black outfits, but that being said, I do know plenty of people that wear bright colors too.

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    1. Vanessa says:

      Hehe I like NY style, we can always add colour with some nice accessories and use bolder make up πŸ₯° I loved your glitter series, made me want to get some sparkle for New Year’s Eve 🀩

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      1. Erica says:

        Oh thank you! ❀️

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  7. I love learning about the psychology of colors and I was so excited to see you write a post about it! In fact, whenever I’m thinking about brands and whatnot, I consider what the colors make you feel!

    I definitely love being more colorful with my pieces. I used to only stick to safe colors but recently became fond of pops of color, especially with yellow!

    Thank you so much for sharing this interesting piece!

    Christina | Raising My Three and Me
    raisingmythreeandme.com

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    1. You have a colorful personality, I think using and mixing colors as yellow will help you bring more of who you are on what you already do on a daily basis x

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      1. This is super sweet! Thank you so much. I will have to look into pops of yellow! Thank you (:

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  8. Benny says:

    This is an awesome article. I’ll start paying more attention to the colors that I wear and surround myself with.

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Cassie says:

    Very interesting. I love red. I didn’t realize it raises blood pressure though. I like it because it’s strong, passionate and powerful. And some yellows just make me smile. I do like gray and black though. I think that grays are such a great neutral. So many colors pop against it without having to use black as a base. I’ll have to pay attention to whether or not the colors I choose are a reflection of my moods. Should be an interesting experiment.

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    1. Red is powerful 😊 All ways are good ways to use colours. There are no ‘bad’ or ‘good’ colors, it all comes down to balance when putting them together. Some people are really good at it! I just stick with rainbow items 😁

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  10. This is a really interesting post Vanessa! I’m always drawn to blue – it makes sense as it’s a calming colour 😊 x

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    1. Thank you x That color fits with the energy vibe I get from you πŸ€— x

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      1. Aww I’ll take that as a compliment πŸ₯° x

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  11. Thank you for reminding us that the power of colour is extraordinary. Janet. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for reading, Janet! 🎨

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  12. Nice post. I didn’t know colours have such a huge effect. It’s fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. You made some brilliant points about the effects of colour on mood.

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  14. I love this blog because I can relate in so many ways. For example I recently added new colours to my home and it has enhanced my mood. Not only that but I’m always changing colours in my personal spaces whenever I feel the need to. Even the background colour of an app helps πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s amazing πŸ™Œ Thanks for sharing your experience. What colours did you choose? It’s fascinating what you have been doing to consciously change how you feel through colour experiments.

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  15. Different shades of blue. Accessories in white, blue, black and yellow 😊

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